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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Permits

SPECIAL USE PERMITS


It is the policy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park to allow special events, filming and photography when and where possible, while adhering to the National Park Service mandate to "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (16 U.S.C. 1) In order to manage special events, filming and photography, a permit issued by the superintendent is required.


Permits are required for the following:


FILMING/STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. Still photography requires a permit when the activity takes place where or when, members of the public are not allowed, or when the activity uses models, sets or props that are not part of the natural or cultural resources of the park.


Generally, permits are not required for visitors using cameras for their own personal use while on public tours. Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events do not require a film permit. However, breaking news events are subject to restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources and public health and safety, and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources and values. Breaking news is an event that cannot be covered at any other time or place.


SPECIAL EVENTS

A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and:

  • · Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  • · Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  • · Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  • · Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS.


Special Event and Filming/Photography permits are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, or after 5:00 P.M. based on availability once the permit application is approved. All permits are subject to cost recovery fees. Filming/Photography permits are also subject to a location fee. Permits may have additional insurance and compliance requirements. Please contact the Permit Coordinator for additional information.


Application process

Please read over the appropriate PERMIT INFORMATION SHEET carefully. Contact the Permit Coordinator to discuss the permit requirements and fees. Complete the APPLICATION and mail it to the Permit Coordinator as directed.


Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff before the start date for your activity. Requests which involve complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require additional time to process. Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application.


Please be aware that the $ 50.00 application fee is non-refundable. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees may be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit. An estimated fee schedule will be provided upon approval of the permit.


We recommend that you visit the park before submitting your application. If you have any questions about an event or activity, or to schedule a visit, please contact the Permit Coordinator.


Fees:


Application fee: $50.00


Location fee:


Motion Pictures/Videos

Still Photography

1 – 2 people, camera and tripod only

$0/day

1 - 10 people

$150/day

1 - 10 people

$50/day

11 - 30 people

$250/day

11 - 30 people

$150/day

31 - 49 people

$500/day

Over 30 people

$250/day

Over 50 people

$750/day



Cost Recovery: $50.00 per hour per ranger



Contact


Permit Coordinator

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main Street

West Orange, New Jersey 07052

973-736-0550 x50

Fax 973-736-6567


Information

Filming/Photography
FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY - PERMIT INFORMATION SHEET
FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY - LOCATION LIST
FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY - LOCATION PHOTOS
APPLICATION FOR FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT (SHORT FORM)
APPLICATION FOR FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT (LONG FORM)

Special Events
SPECIAL EVENTS - PERMIT INFORMATION SHEET
FACILITY GUIDELINES - GLENMONT ESTATE
FACILITY GUIDELINES - LABORATORY COMPLEX
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT (STANDARD)
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT (SHORT FORM)

Did You Know?

1888s photo of the Black Maria - the world's first motion picture studio.

West Orange, NJ, was the birthplace of motion pictures. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first building for the recording of motion pictures. It was dubbed THE BLACK MARIA. It got its name because it was large and black and looked like the police wagons of the day, which were called black marias.